Corruption and economic development: new evidence from the Middle Eastern and North African countries

Saha, Shrabani and Ben Ali, Mohamed Sami (2017) Corruption and economic development: new evidence from the Middle Eastern and North African countries. Economic Analysis and Policy, 54 . pp. 83-95. ISSN 0313-5926

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This paper analyzes the role of economic development in curbing corruption by focusing on political and economic freedoms for a sample of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries over the period 1984-2013. In addition, the analysis investigates whether political and economic freedoms lower corruption in natural-resource-rich countries by considering both linear and non-linear effects. The results reveal that the interactive relationship between economic and political freedoms and government size leads to a reduction in corruption. Furthermore, our results show robust support to suggest that an increase in income increases corruption in natural-resource-rich countries. Overall, our findings provide some relevant policy implications for MENA countries.

Keywords:Corruption Economic aspects, Economic development, Democracy, Economic freedom, MENA countries
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:20 Jan 2017 09:13

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